Originally posted by SFL49ER:
Maddog, big question (or questions!) I hope you can answer: You are the GM and have the stockpile of picks to play with. Do you have a player you would target at a certain position and say, trade up, even if its in the top ten? Or would you keep the value and stay put to take BPA because you see players in our slot that can help our biggest needs (as in DL)? Or do you make it a point to resign Sopoaga FIRST and then make your draft need decisions?
The window for free agency starts well before the draft, so the team has to figure out the future for Goldson and Sopoaga, along with a few other players (Alex Smith, Walker, etc.) before targeting anyone.
The cost of moving from 31 to 10 is pretty substantial, and I am not sure there would be a gigantic difference in the quality of the players, depending on position. Shockingly enough, the team has some substantial holes to fill over the next couple of years, so they could sit back and let the draft fall to them, if they desire. Looking at the roster, the team still needs a legit number two WR, a center for 2013 or 2014, a couple of CB's, at least one more safety, a starting caliber RB for 2014 and beyond, and certainly DL help. So, the team could simply select the best player on their board, and outside of QB and ILB, they probably have a guy who can step in Year One or Two and start right away.